THE STORY BEHIND THE NAME
Amarula estates is owned by a local doctor in the area who spent the first twenty years of his life in South Africa. With African Bush in his blood, he named the estate after the beautiful Marula tree on the property. A source of several fascinating legends, the Marula tree has become a sacred and intricate part of ancient African culture. Locals have revered these trees for centuries and refer to them fondly by various names. Because elephants travel for miles to feast on the wild fruit, locals call it ‘The Elephant Tree.’ African folklore also refers to it as ‘The Marriage Tree,’ a reason why we encourage weddings at Amarula Estates. Apart from making a beautifully natural ceremony canopy, it’s also said to have aphrodisiac properties and features in tribal fertility rites. The ripening of the Marula fruit in summer coincides with great celebrations in many parts of Southern Africa. In Swaziland, for example, the annual Marula Festival is celebrated at the king’s royal residence, sustaining the belief that the Marula fruit is fit for kings and queens.
Guests receive a gift of a bottle of Amarula Cream liqueur upon arrival (subject to available stock). Best enjoyed neat or on ice. Ideally with a view.
THE DESIGN OF THE HOME
At a local school fete, the owner of Amarula estates won a lunch with his congressman in Washington DC. While he was in the area, he visited Monticello the home of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, Virginia. Inspired by the Roman neoclassical architecture featuring large columns in the back and front of the house, he returned to Florida and designed and built this home on the banks of the Tomoka River.
This is a country style estate on 11-acres in the heart of the Daytona Beach Area. Only a short distance from the Beach, Speedway, shops, and restaurants,50 odd miles to Disney World This home has a beautiful peaceful private setting, a perfect place for friends and family. Ideal for groups attending the many local events that Daytona beach area offers.Great for intimate destination weddings.
Access to the inter-coastal waterway by boat. 15 mins to the beach, 4 mins to shops, 12 mins to the speedway. Unlimited parking for cars, bikes, and trailers We want you to enjoy your stay with us.
This home has large bedrooms, high ceilings, a very large open plan kitchen and great room which opens out onto a 1560 sq. ft. covered porch. This overlooks the solar heated, infinity swimming pool and from there is a +- 500 ft. walkway to the dock on the Tomoka River. This is a wonderful resting place for those who want to enjoy the quietness of nature or to catch a fish or two.
The indoor/outdoor design of this home, plus the spaciousness, lends itself to hosting weddings, conference and family reunions. in addition to the main Estate house, there is a four bedroom cottage called Eland Cottage which sleeps eight and a separate five-bedroom house called Zebra Lodge which sleeps ten. If this is something that you are interested in, please contact the host who will be glad to discuss the package and pricing. (see photos) The main house can be booked separately from the other two houses.
Spa & GymHeated Outdoor swimming pool
OutsideCharcoal grill BBQ, Deck chairs, Private Garden, Motorboat